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In this 90 minute seminar, Jeremy Johnson, author of Seeing Through the World (2019) and the forthcoming Fragments of an Integral Future (2024) makes the case—perhaps even the need—for integral politics to take the Left seriously.
What does this mean? First of all, the etymology of ‘radical’ provides us with an important clue: it derives from ‘root’ (*wrād-) and means ‘something pertaining to roots, origins.’ To be radical, then, we don’t merely break with established traditional worldviews but instead seek out the radical (raddish) roots of the world in order to transform it. The secret behind consciousness transformation is that it always seems to involve these paradoxical back-leaps. Some of the most successful revolutions—like the Mexican Zapatista—drew deeply from traditional and indigenous worldviews even as they work to reshape their futures.
The integral movement, as it turns out, is already within a tradition of radicality: from the revolutionary politics of Sri Aurobindo Ghose to Jean Gebser’s insight that the “irruption” of the historical left was a prerequisite, as it were, for the new integral mutation.
How do we embrace the left, however, without succumbing to hyper-polarization politics we see running rampant today? What are some key insights that the left offers meta-theory in general, and Integral Theory in particular, that the integral movement will need in order to answer the challenge of civilizational transformation? What are some of the insights that Gebser offers us that might help us both ‘undergrow’ and overcome the so-called culture wars? How does a new consciousness of integral time help us to begin living and embodying a radically transformative relationship with place, planet, and presence? Finally, what new social imaginaries are possible from this integral ground?
While we won’t be able to answer each of these questions extensively, Jeremy’s seminar will attempt to offer a notes-from-the-field primer for embodying, imagining, and enacting an integral ‘left’ as an integral life.
Jeremy Johnson is an author (Seeing Through the World: Jean Gebser and Integral Consciousness), publisher (Integral Imprint), managing editor (Integral Leadership Review), podcaster (Mutations), senior research associate at Perspectiva, and integral philosopher.
His academic research, writing, and publishing advocates new forays into integrative thinking and praxis—aligning the scholastic, poetic, and spiritual—as existentially crucial work for pathfinding in a time of planetary crisis. Jeremy is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy of Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
His edited anthology, Mutations: Art, Consciousness and the Anthropocene and second book, Fragments of an Integral Future (Integral Imprint) are forthcoming in late 2023.
Learn more about Jeremy’s work here.